The Nanny

(Critical Survey of Contemporary Fiction)

Phil and Juli Pressman are true creatures of the 1980’s. After meeting in college, they marry and go on to establish a life made up of concessions to the economic times: Phil lands a job at a Chicago advertising firm and Julie seriously pursues the biological business of bearing a child. Their baby boy, Harry, arrives after they move to New York, and they soon realize that life after parenthood is not much of a life. Harry cries incessantly, and Phil and Julie find their marriage dissolving under the stress until they hire Luci Redman, a starched British nanny who moves in with them and immediately takes charge of the Pressman household.

At first, Nanny--as Luci insisted on being called--is almost too perfect: She cooks, she cleans, and she gives little Harry all the love and attention he needs. After Nanny has separately seduced both Phil and Julie, however, they decide that she has too much control over them and try to discharge her. Unfortunately, Nanny does not take to firing and refuses to leave. Phil, at once mesmerized and repulsed by Nanny, checks further into her background and finds out that she is far more than simply a servant, far more than even merely human. What follows is a suspenseful story of a man battling an evil creature in order to save his family.

Writer Dan Greenburg is perhaps best known as a chronicler of sexual foibles. His magazine work contains a generous dose of satiric wit. In THE NANNY, his fourteenth book and his first horror novel, he has combined edge-of-the-seat suspense with sharp observations about modern man and woman. In short, THE NANNY is a fast, funny, frightening read, the perfect book to be devoured over a long weekend or a short vacation. If Greenburg keeps this up, he could give Stephen King some competition on the bestseller lists.